#TBT Sept. 19, 1987: Terps Battle Back To Beat WVU

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland fell behind by 14-0 after 30 seconds of play, then rallied twice before winning 25-20 on sophomore Bren Lowery's 13-yard run with 5:49 left at Byrd Stadium on Sept. 19, 1987.

The Mountaineers' Eugene Napoleon ran the opening kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown and Robert Pickett ran back an interception for a score to give WVU the early two-score lead.

But Maryland scored the next 19 points to take a 19-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

The first 10 points came in the first quarter to trim the Maryland deficit to 14-10. Junior Dan Plocki started things off for the Terps with a 39-yard field goal. Sophomore fullback Dennis Spinelli’s 1-yard plunge capped the first quarter scoring.

After a scoreless second quarter the Terrapins cut the lead to one with a 37-yard field goal by Plocki.

The Terps took their first lead of the game when Lowery scored on a three-yard pass from senior quarterback Dan Henning. Maryland tried to make it a 7-point lead by going for the two-point conversion, but the run attempt failed.

That allowed WVU to take the lead with a touchdown and the Mountaineers did just that, taking a 20-19 lead with 8:48 remaining on a 4-yard run by A. B. Brown, who finished with 168 yards on 25 carries.

But Maryland drove 88 yards following the ensuing kickoff, gaining 65 yards on passes by Henning, who completed 22 for 37 for 216 yards on the day, to setup Lowery’s game-winning score.

The Maryland defense forced three West Virginia fumbles and intercepted three Mountaineer passes, including two of future Heisman Trophy finalist Major Harris, in the victory.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.)